The Scottish government issued a guideline in February that allows each resident of a nursing home to have two specific visitors a week.

But the Nursing Home Relatives Action Group wants this to be extended as the restrictions in other parts of society ease.

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They also say that certain aspects of the guidelines are out of date and no longer useful, such as banning visitors from eating and drinking and banning children and young people from visiting indoors.

Cathie Russell and her mother Rose, 89.Cathie Russell and her mother Rose, 89.

Cathie Russell, a member of Care Home Relatives from Glasgow, whose mother Rose lives in a nursing home, said the group had a “positive” meeting with Health Minister Humza Yousaf and Social Welfare Minister Kevin Stewart last week.

But she added, “We haven’t made any progress yet.”

She said, “We have made Humza Yousaf and Kevin Stewart aware of our concerns about a number of things.

“When we visit a nursing home, according to the instructions, we cannot have a cup of tea with our relatives and still take them to a café or pub.

Cathie Russell and her mother Rose, 89.

“In a café or a pub there will be people who have not been tested, who have not been vaccinated.

“We are in a nursing home [visitors] are tested and our relatives are double vaccinated, but we cannot have a cup of tea if there are only two of us in the same room.

“That is not allowed, that is completely illogical.”

Another member of the group, Sheila Hall, said, “When I meet my mother in the garden of her nursing home, I have to wear a mask and I can still take it to a coffee shop. It’s just crazy. None of this makes sense. “

The group of nursing home residents protested outside the Scottish Parliament in September calling for changes to the visiting rules. The group says families still don’t all feel assured that they can see loved ones.

Ms. Russell also noted that the Scottish Government guidelines should not advise children and adolescents to go indoors, while some houses do not even allow them outside.

Care Home related has campaigned for residents to be allowed to run fans in their own rooms during the summer heat.

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“Our argument is that as long as you are in your own room why can’t you turn on a fan?” said Mrs. Russell.

“They generally don’t move air in the house, just in their own room.

“We can’t really understand why there is this general ban on using a fan to make it more comfortable for someone who is very hot.

“Nursing homes don’t have a lot of ways to open windows because of the security risk, so you can typically only open the windows an inch or two.”

Social Affairs Secretary Kevin Stewart said the decisions were made in the context of the local situation.

“We understand the importance of meeting family members for nursing home residents, and our guidance is clear that the frequency and duration of meaningful contact should be maximized where possible,” he said.

“We are still living with the pandemic and decisions about visits are made by nursing homes in the context of local conditions.

“Nursing homes can access advice and support from local supervisory partners if they consider easing visits to ensure everything is safe and suitable for all.”

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